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RSVP to observe MLK Day with Operation Gratitude

January 6, 2017

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

To that end, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in Fort Madison will observe Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 16, with a day of service to participate Operation Gratitude, starting at 1:30 p.m. at the United Way resource Center, 3421 Ave. L, Fort Madison.

Operation Gratitude sends over 200,000 care packages each year to deployed troops, veterans, new recruits and first responders. Each care packages includes personal letters of appreciation and paracord “survival” bracelets. The 55+ RSVP volunteers will help contribute to these packages by writing letters and making bracelets.

The Paracord “Survival” Bracelets are made of braided paracord which can hold up to 500 pounds. These bracelets can be unraveled in an emergency situation to provide 7.5 feet of strong rope or string, if needed.

All supplies will be donated and snacks for volunteers will be provided.

For more information about this project or volunteering in the future, contact Shirley Gabel, RSVP director at 372-8043 or email fortmadisonrsvp@gmail.com.